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In the fall of 2018 Todd Nash will teach a series of Fundamentals of Baseball/Softball classes in southern California.  Classes will meet in many different sites in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.  Classes will begin the week of September 24, 2018.  The class is designed for kids ages 5-18, and each child will learn at their age level.  The class is an instructional setting, not a competitive team.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their baseball and softball skills from the very basics starting with how to hold the ball and throw the ball.  Most students do not have proper throwing and catching technique!  This class will teach that critical technique, and will help you as a parent develop your child's essential baseball throwing and catching skills at a much more rapid pace than the typical trial and error method.  We will spend the first half of the class periods working on skills used in baseball, and re-enforcing these skills with some games that use the skills.  There will not be any competitive games played against other teams as in a baseball/softball league.  We will, during the last few weeks, set up all the students on the baseball field and play a "round robin" type of game so they will all play each position and learn the game by playing it.  This will give them the feel of a game while retaining the instructional format.

The class will teach students all the basic skills in baseball & softball including throwing, catching, fielding ground balls and pop-fly's, basic batting, the rules of the game, some game strategy, and other games played in smaller numbers with baseball/softball equipment to re-enforce skill development.  Boys and girls may work with either a baseball or a softball, depending on their interest.  Typically, boys work with baseballs, and girls work with softballs since those are the games they play competitively.  Younger children will use a "soft" baseball - a tee-ball, to reduce the fear of being hit with the ball and make it safer for them.

Cost:  The fee for the class will be $100 per student if you are paying cash or check, and $105 if a charter school will be invoiced.  There are no discounts for multiple siblings.  The fee must be paid prior to the start of the class.  If you have a charter school paying for the class, you will not be required to pay a deposit if the charter school PO is in Todd's possession before the start of the class.  If not, your deposit check will be deposited into the bank until the class is complete and the charter school pays for the class.  ILA students should get a PO for $120 in October, and $120 in December for the fall semester.  HSCOC and HSC Carlsbad students should get POs issued for $120 in October and December for the 1st semester.

Requirements:  Students should have their own baseball/softball glove.  Without a glove, you cannot play baseball/softball, and you cannot practice at home between classes and gain skill.  Todd will have some extra gloves with him at class available on a first come basis, but you should try to get a glove for your child.  Try local thrift stores to find a used glove.  I have purchased many for $5 and under.  If you are unable to get a glove, do not stay out of the class - sign up and come use one of the gloves Todd will bring.  Wear tennis shoes, athletic shorts or sweatpants, and a T-shirt.   Bring water.  Cleats are not required, but may be worn if the student owns cleats.  It is not necessary to purchase cleats for this class.  It is also recommended that students get a soft tee-ball for practicing at home.

SHOES:  Parents, please do not bring your kids to classes with Sandals, slip on shoes, or barefoot.  Without proper shoes, children may be forced to sit out the class.  Many of the activities in class could injure your child's foot without adequate support and protection.  Lace up tennis shoes that are tied tightly (not baggy, untied, and loose) are the only proper footwear.  Slip on shoes are not good - they fly off when exerting minimal effort in sports, and force the athlete to develop BAD HABITS of pushing the toes down into the shoe to hold it on.  Help your child excel, and do not get them slip on shoes for sports!  Sandals are never appropriate for sports - they do not provide support or protection.  A baseball or softball hitting the open, exposed toes of a student in sandals would likely break their toes.  Please bring them to class in LACE UP SHOES TIED SECURELY.

To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  THIS IS NOT AN INTEREST LIST!  If you register, you are expected to pay and attend the class!  Classes are planned, schedules set, and money is spent based on registration numbers, so do not register unless you will be paying for and attending the class.  Also make sure you read the cancellation policy on the CONDUCT AND POLICIES page, and read the same page to understand the behavior expectations for your child.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please read and register through the website.   

Schedule:  Classes will all begin the week of September 24, 2018, and will meet for 8 consecutive weeks.  The following us the tentative class schedule - under revision until the end of August.


8:30-9:30           Woodworking at ILA Carlsbad

9:40-10:40         ILA Carlsbad PE

12:30-1:30         Riverside



9:00-9:55           HSC La Mesa

12:00-1:00         HSCOC Costa Mesa

1:20-2:20           Compass Charter School Santa Ana

3:30-4:30           San Clemente



9:40-10:40         ILA Aliso Viejo PE Class

10:50-11:50       ILA Aliso Viejo Pickleball & Racket sports class

1:30-2:30           Escondido



8:30-9:30           Chino Hills

10:30-11:30       Glendale

12:30-1:30         Torrance

2:00-3:00           Long Beach

3:45-4:45           Anaheim


See the bottom of this page for detailed directions to the locations for each park.  To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please register through the website.


If you are with a charter school which will pay for your class, contact your teacher and have a PO issued immediately. If I have a PO in hand prior to the class start I will not require a deposit check.  This is your responsibility as the parent to arrange!




Monday 9:40-10:40 ILA Carlsbad: Faith Community Church, 2700 Rancho Pancho, Carlsbad


Monday 12:30-1:30 Riverside:  Arlington Heights Sports Park.  Take 91 to Van Buren SOUTH.  After crossing Victoria, take the next left on Cleveland at the end of the park, then enter the park on the first drive on the left.  We will meet at the basketball courts and go to various parts of the park from there.  Mapquest the intersection of Cleveland and Van Buren in Riverside. 


Monday 2:00-3:00 South Corona (future classes):  Deleo Regional Sports Park, 25655 Santiago Canyon Rd, Corona.  Meet in the parking lot next to the playground.


Monday 3:30-4:30 Murietta (future classes): California Oaks Sports Park.  Meet in the parking lot on Lincoln just off California Oaks on the side of the fields.




Tuesday 9:00-10:00 HSCOC La Mesa:  9407 Jericho Rd, La Mesa.


Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mission Viejo (future classes):  Costeau Park, Mission Viejo, at the intersection of Alicia and Cousteau, 200 meters west of I-5.  Turn left on Costeau, park immediately, meet at the basketball court.


Tuesday 12:00-12:55 HSCOC Costa Mesa:  Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa.  This class is for students enrolled at HSCOC.


Tuesday 1:20-2:20 Compass Charter School Santa Ana:  At the Compass site in Santa Ana.  You must be enrolled in this class day with Compass to participate.


Tuesday 3:30-4:30  San Clemente:  Jim Johnson Memorial Sports Park.  Take Hermosa toward the coast from I-5, the park is immediately on the right on the south side of the freeway.  Park immediately on the right near the basketball court.



Wednesday 8:00-9:00  Rancho Santa Margarita (future classes): Arroyo Vista Park, 29661 Avenida De Las Banderas, Rancho Santa Margarita.


Wednesday 9:40-10:40  ILA Aliso Viejo PE Class:  5 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo


Wednesday 11:45-12:45  Carlsbad (future classes):  Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011. When you enter the park, turn LEFT at the T, follow the road to the BASEBALL field at the bottom of the hill, meet in the parking lot by the BASEBALL field.


Wednesday 1:30-2:30 Escondido:  Grove Park, 745 N Ash, Escondido


Wednesday 3:00-4:00 Mira Mesa (future classes): Hourglass Community Park.  Black Mountain Road, at the intersection of Black Mountain Rd and Gold Coast Dr.  Meet in the parking lot on Black Mountain Rd just north of Gold Coast by the baseball diamond closest to Gold Coast Dr.


Wednesday 4:30-5:30 La Mesa (future classes): Princess Del Serro Park.




Thursday 8:30-9:30 Chino Hills:  Grand Avenue Park, 1301 Grand Avenue, Chino Hills, CA.  Just west of Pleasant Hill Dr on Grand Avenue.  Entering the park turn left in the parking lot and park immediately.  Meet on the field just right of the gazebo.


Thursday 10:30-11:30 Glendale:  Brand park, Glendale.  1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201/  Meet at the field immediately on the left as you enter the park.  Meet by the top of the stairs that go down to the outfield area of the baseball field.


Thursday 12:15-1:15 Torrance:  Guenser Park, 17800 Gramercy Pl, Torrance.  Meet at the baseball field.


Thursday 2:00-3:00 Long Beach:  Stearns Champions Park, 4520 E 23rd St, Long Beach, CA.  Meet in the parking lot closest to the playground.


Thursday 3:45-4:45 Anaheim/Orange:  El Camino Real Park, 400 North Main Street, Orange, CA 92868.  Meet in parking lot on Orangewood near tennis courts on the north side of the park.




Please feel free to email if you have any questions.